Addis Ababa, November 2, 2019 (SSNA) — The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has invited all South Sudan’s political leaders to go to attend a consultative meeting on November 8 in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a senior IGAD official told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) today in Addis Ababa.
The meeting, the source says, will be centered mainly on the assessment of the September 2018 peace agreement and ways forward.
“We are worried that a transitional government may not be formed by November 12. So, we in IGAD would like to discuss this issue with all leaders of South Sudan,” explains the official.
“We know all the necessary provisions especially security arrangements have not been implemented. This is a problem,” He added.
The SPLM-IO has confirmed the report, saying their leader has received an invitation and that he will be part of the discussion in Ethiopia next week.
“In reference to the above, SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to confirm to members and the public at large that H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander in Chief of the People’s Movement SPLM/SPLA (IO) has officially received today November 2, 2019 an official invitation from IGAD to attend the consultation meeting of the leadership of the Parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), that is scheduled to take place on November 8, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” SPLM-IO spokesman, Puok Both Baluang, said in a statement.
South Sudan’s main rival leaders, Kiir and Machar met on October 19-20 in Juba to try to expedite outstanding issues. The SPLM-IO has accused the government of deliberately impeding the implementation of the agreement by withholding money allocated for the execution of the pact. The armed opposition ls o warned that it will not be a part of a unity government if security arrangements are not implemented.